Stephen Jackson

Think you have it bad as a Raptors fan? Try being a Bobcats fan. After they shipped out Gerald Wallace and Nazr Mohammed at the trading deadline, it was obvious that finances would continue to take precedence over winning in Charlotte.

In spite of that, the Bobcats are tied with the Pacers for the eighth seed in the West with a scintillating 27-38 record — whether they should actually aspire to make the playoffs or go into “tank mode” at this point is open for debate. Anyway, they’ve lost six of their last seven games, so this dilemma will most likely resolve itself.

Injury report

Toronto: Amir Johnson and Alexis Ajinca are both questionable for today’s game. Holly MacKenzie reports that Leandro Barbosa has a really sore back, but if he can score 29 points in 26 minutes like he did on Friday with that sore back, I’m going to assume that he’ll play today.

Charlotte: Joel Przybilla will miss today’s game with a sore right knee.

Five questions

1. After the impressive performances of Leandro Barbosa and Reggie Evans on Friday, do you think the Raptors should try to re-sign them after this season?

2. Where does Tyrus Thomas rank among the biggest wastes of talent in the NBA?

3. Considering that Shaun Livingston has played more minutes this season than he played in the previous three seasons combined, should he be considered for Comeback Player of the Year?

4. The Bobcats waived Morris Peterson last month. Would you like to see the Raptors sign him for the rest of the season, for the sake of nostalgia?

5. Since the Toronto Maple Leafs are now just four points out of eighth place in the NHL’s Eastern Conference, will you be happy if they make the playoffs so that a major Toronto sports team will finally provide some post-season action?

Start time: 1:00 PM ET
Channel: Sportsnet
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, James Johnson, Ed Davis, Andrea Bargnani
Charlotte: D.J. Augustin, Gerald Henderson, Stephen Jackson, Boris Diaw, Kwame Brown

Today’s pregame song is a live performance of “Regular John” by Queens of the Stone Age, from their 1998 self-titled debut album which was re-issued this year. I figure it’s a good choice to get my adrenaline pumping a little for a game that isn’t going to make that happen on its own.

Comments (6)

  1. Barbosa has a player option for 2011/2012 worth $7.6 million.

    He’ll be back.

  2. Yeah, with the NBA climate being the way it is, I think you’re right. I’m used to decent players opting out in situations like this, but this off-season will be different.

  3. I’m on the fence with Reggie. His drive is infectios, but ultimately he’s still a really limited player who would be taking minutes from young guys like Johnson and Davis. I’d vote to keep him if they traded Bargnani and didn’t get a big back……..

  4. I’m thinking the big question around bringing Reggie back is whether he will be teaching or merely performing at a high level. Amir and Ed both show signs of developing into strong defensive players (in addition to rebounding well); what we need from any frontcourt veteran we retain is someone who will teach one or both of them how to anchor a defense from within the frontcourt (especially around positioning and communication within a team’s defensive scheme.)

  5. I’m sure a few contending teams could use a player like Reggie off the bench. Why not??

  6. Oh, btw….MO PETE BABY!!! YEAH!!!!!!

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